Corn, Soybeans…Repeat

july-15-2017-011-e1500169900266.jpgMississippi River

We left New Harmony yesterday and last night we stayed in Burlington, Iowa. Burlington sits on the “mighty” Mississippi, so were definitely west of it The weather cleared up considerably as we headed north and west. The humidity we had in Indiana is gone and although the temperatures are still in the 80’s it was pleasant. Across from our motel was the Catfish Bend Casino. Two people in our group took advantage of the “complimentary” Casino cash and won $8! Two stayed at home and took advantage of the comfortable beds. It remains to be seen if the winner will share!

july-15-2017-031.jpgSoybeans and Wind Turbines

My swimming group buddies will be happy to know that I took advantage of the pool this am for exercises. It felt so good to stretch my car weary muscles! Riding in the car and sometimes driving is a “community experience”. I’m usually writing or reading  when not driving. Someone is always navigating for the driver and there is always great conversation.

Amazing does not accurately describe the beauty of the farms we are seeing in this middle part of the country. I used to think the farms in southwestern Indiana were big but when you cannot see the end of the corn or soybean field it redefines “large”, The varieties of green in the fields and their intensity is a thrill for the eye! The corn is beginning to tassel and there is a golden haze that covers the corn fields.

The song for the day was Waterloo by Abba, brought to mind as we passed Waterloo, Iowa:

My my

At Waterloo Napoleon did surrender

Oh yeah

And I have met my destiny in quite a similar way

The history book on the shelf

Is always repeating itself

Waterloo I was defeated, you won the war

Waterloo promise to love you for ever more

Waterloo couldn’t escape if I wanted to

Waterloo knowing my fate is to be with you

Waterloo finally facing my Waterloo.

Wind turbines dotted the landscape today. They were odd “space age giants” in a distinctly rural landscape. Many of the farm houses and barns had a European feel to them. Debbie told us that many European descent immigrants had settled parts of Iowa. Near Cedar Rapids, IA we saw a sign for the “National Czech and Slovak Library”.

Tonight we have landed in Cedar Falls, South Dakota. When I say landed it is more accurate than you might think as the speed limit from Cedar Rapids to Cedar Falls was 80 mph!

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